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HP CEO: We’re not done with WebOS yet

HP CEO: We’re not done with WebOS yet

At HP's Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, hardly a word was spoken on their WebOS efforts in 2011. And it's not hard to see why: the few phones and single TouchPad tablet that sprang from the acquisition of Palm bombed so badly that the only wat to recoup losses was a massive fire sale. But surprisingly, HP's new CEO Meg Whitman didn't seem phased: at her keynote this morning, she reiterated HP's commitment to the WebOS platform.

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Sluggish code and HP power plays blamed for webOS’ failure

Sluggish code and HP power plays blamed for webOS’ failure

Angry ex-webOS team members have blamed poor code decisions by software-naive execs for the platform's demise, as well as power struggles amid the OS' adoption by HP. Jon Rubinstein - at the time CEO of Palm - opted for WebKit as the underlying engine on which webOS apps would run, something Paul Mercer, former senior director of software at Palm, tells the NYTimes was a huge mistake. "We just weren’t able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough design" the ex-software chief argued, suggesting that WebKit simply wasn't up to running applications at the same speed as users experienced on, say, the iPhone.

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HP wanted $1.2 billion for WebOS and Palm assets

HP wanted $1.2 billion for WebOS and Palm assets

HP has already made the decision to open source its WebOS platform, but according to a VentureBeat insider source, the company had initially wanted to sell WebOS along with other Palm assets for $1.2 billion. This is the same amount that HP paid when it acquired Palm back in 2010, meaning it was trying to offload a failing purchase without taking a loss.

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HP TouchPad Go reviewed in full despite dead production status

HP TouchPad Go reviewed in full despite dead production status

It's an odd situation we're in here with HP's webOS mobile operating system now being open sourced and its TouchPad tablet having had such a summer that we'll never forget - and it's all come to a new strange point as the folks at webOSNation have gotten their hands on a tester unit of the smaller version of the tablet for a full review: HP TouchPad Go for the win! What's found, in short, is that this is essentially the same tablet as its larger relative, it's just presented here in a smaller package and at much cuter ratios. They're running webOS 3.0.5, Beats Audio is fully incorporated, and this device's dual-core 1.5GHz processor is in full swing.

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HP webOS hardware still a no-go

HP webOS hardware still a no-go

While the good news that webOS as a mobile operating system would now be Open Source did come down the chute with much rejoicing this early afternoon, HP's stance on no future with HP hardware for the OS remains true. As it was announced earlier this summer right before The Great TouchPad Exodus of 2011, HP will no longer be producing hardware with webOS on it natively. This of course doesn't mean that someone couldn't hack a bit of the ol' webOS onto an HP product in the future if they wanted to, but their current status with webOS is the same as the rest of the "other leading operating systems" at the moment.

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webOS goes Open Source

webOS goes Open Source

This week HP announced that their mobile operating system webOS will be contributed to the open source community. While HP assures us that they will be active in the development and support of webOS in the future, they're now offering the operating system up to the "development power" of the open source community where they're sure both applications and web services will be developed en masse for the next generation of mobile devices. HP assures developers that webOS offers a number of benefits backed up by an easy to work with set of standard web technologies - in short, here you go world, have fun!

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HP webOS decision within two weeks

HP webOS decision within two weeks

HP will announce a decision regarding the future of webOS within the next two weeks, CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed, as the company attempts to hold off Apple and readies its first Windows 8 tablet. Apple could well overtake HP in 2012, Whitman said in interview with French paper Le Figaro, though the chief exec said the products she has introduced into the pipeline should make the company more competitive when they arrive in 2013.

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